Get your rock on at the Dominion on Queen: A Corktown hidden gem

If there are two things that kids love, it’s breakfast food and music. This
combination can be tough to find, but not impossible. The Dominon on Queen
is a former hotel at the corner of Queen and Sumach in the heart of Corktown.
They offer brunch with live entertainment each Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00

This is not your typical greasy spoon. The menu is varied enough to please
almost everyone and there is a great craft beer selection, but what really makes
this venue stand apart is the live entertainment.

There are no dancing clowns or puppets. The Dominion brunch features
Rockabilly superstar Alistair Christl but occasionally the venue welcomes other
standout performers such as Terra Hazelton. The music can best be described
as “Hillbilly Bop”, a combination of Honky tonk, Country Swing, Roots Rockabilly,
Jazz and Blues.

Even if these genres don’t normally make it to your iPod, the
talent of the performers and the infectious atmosphere will surely get your toes
tappin’. Being there lets you scratch that nostalgic itch of revisiting your younger
days of grabbing a pint and listening to live music. It also makes you feel like you
are tuned in to the local music scene just enough to tell people about it, even if
you probably rolled up in a mini van.

Staff are genuinely friendly and very accommodating. There is also a heated patio for dining when weather permits and a pool table. There is a small dedicated dance floor close to the band, but you can get your groove on anywhere. Drinks and food are served promptly and there are plenty of staff to tend to the patrons. Larger groups can enjoy family style platters of food.

Celebrations, including children’s birthday parties are welcome!

Things to Remember:

• BYOB. Booster seats and high chairs are not supplied.

• There is ample street parking along Queen Street on Sunday mornings.

• If you are coming with more people than your mini van can hold, it is strongly recommended that you make reservations.

• No cover charge, but tips for the band are encouraged.

Rockabilly Brunch Hours

Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

500 Queen Street West, Toronto |

Photos by: Rebecca Earl

About the author: Rebecca Earl

Toronto Mom Now blog contributor Rebecca Earl is a certified Sleep Sense™
sleep consultant and founder of The Sugar Plum Sleep Co. She is mom to
two energetic boys that love to dance. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter and

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  1. what better way to nurse a late-night-early-morning with a caesar and an awesome band with anough groove to keep your kids wiggling?
    They used to offer a variety of Belgium waffles on their menu, but unfortunately, there’s not a vegetarian/vegan option in sight.

  2. This is a great place to go with kids that is a great change from the usual places that cater to families. My kids love the Rockabilly brunch!
    Make sure you bring a booster chair if you are coming with babies as they don’t have high chairs.